Massacre suspect turns himself in

2010-11-03 07:22

One of the suspects wanted in connection with the killing of six people in Shongweni handed himself over to the police in Pietermaritzburg yesterday afternoon, KwaZulu-Natal police said.

“The 22-year-old man handed himself over to the police yesterday. He is originally from Richmond,” said Brigadier Phindile Radebe.

Philani Nxele, the prime suspect in the killings, was shot dead by the police when he allegedly opened fire on them on Sunday afternoon. Nxele’s brother, Khetha was also pursued by the police.

Radebe said two men who were taken for questioning on Sunday had been released because it had been found they were not linked to the killing.

The two were with Nxele in the car when he was approached by police.

Four women, two men and two boys were shot in two homes near Shongweni Dam outside Durban on October 25.

Among the dead were two boys, Thalente and Mthobisi Zulu, aged two and eight. The other victims were named as Thabani Zulu (18), Nokuthula Zulu (22), Sthembiso Nxusa (29), and Ngenzeni Hlongwane (40).

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly raped. A 32-year-old woman was also shot and was being treated in hospital.

The police were also investigating to see if the Shongweni incident was linked to the Mariannhill attack on Thursday which claimed four lives.

Nolusindiso Sikhotha (30), her six-month-old baby, Sesethu, her partner Bongani Mngomezulu and his brother, Vasco Msane, were gunned down in their home.

Radebe said the man who handed himself over would appear in court on Friday.

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